This publication provides doctrine for information operations planning, preparation,execution, and assessment in support of joint operations.
This publication has been prepared under the direction of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefsof Staff. It sets forth joint doctrine to govern the activities and performance of the Armed Forcesof the United States in operations and provides the doctrinal basis for interagency coordinationand for US military involvement in multinational operations. It provides military guidance for the exercise of authority by combatant commanders and other joint force commanders (JFCs)and prescribes joint doctrine for operations and training. It provides military guidance for use by the Armed Forces in preparing their appropriate plans. It is not the intent of this publicationto restrict the authority of the JFC from organizing the force and executing the mission in amanner the JFC deems most appropriate to ensure unity of effort in the accomplishment of theoverall objective.
a.Joint doctrine established in this publication applies to the commanders of combatantcommands, subunified commands, joint task forces, subordinate components of these commands,and the Services. b.The guidance in this publication is authoritative; as such, this doctrine will be followedexcept when, in the judgment of the commander, exceptional circumstances dictate otherwise.If conflicts arise between the contents of this publication and the contents of Service publications,this publication will take precedence unless the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, normallyin coordination with the other members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has provided more currentand specific guidance. Commanders of forces operating as part of a multinational (alliance or coalition) military command should follow multinational doctrine and procedures ratified bythe United States. For doctrine and procedures not ratified by the United States, commandersshould evaluate and follow the multinational commands doctrine and procedures, whereapplicable and consistent with US law, regulations, and doctrine.For the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff:WALTER L. SHARPLieutenant General, USADirector, Joint Staff